on December 11, 2013
I was needing a larger TV for our living room to replace our smaller 32" Panasonic, and this oCOSMO seemed to fill the bill. I was a bit hesitant to order an "off brand" tv, especially one that was just introduced this year, but knowing Amazon's great return policy I figured this purchase would be safe enough. And, for all the conspiracy theorists out there, I do not work for oCOSMO or AMAZON, so this is a sure-nuff review!
The tv came in great condition in 3 days, and the box was intact. The TV was packed well inside and floated amongst four high-density foam corner blocks, with about 3" of open space on the face and back, so short of a fork lift impalement or crushing incident, this seems to be a very secure boxing type. All the listed accessories were intact, and immediately I noticed the instruction book was printed on nice glossy paper with full color illustrations (classy!)and it was fairly easy to understand and very complete. I had the tv set up and ready to go in under 5 minutes, including assembly of the swivel base (a small but functional screwdriver was included!). The picture was VERY nice right out of the box, but of course I had to do some small amount of tweeking to the settings in the menu to get it "just right". Seems to have plenty of color saturation, a very sharp display, and plenty of room left for adjusting the tint, color, contrast, etc. The 1080i was especially sharp on my OTA (over-the-air) stations. Be advised, this set features an "Energy Saving" video setting as default from the factory, so if you want a brighter display turn off this setting first thing. The viewing angle is somewhat narrow, which is troubling. The picture washes out when you move a few degree to either side of looking straight at it, and the tint and contract really change.
Now, I've heard better sound, as it's barely acceptable for us in the living room. Our smaller Panasonic actually has far better sound, just fuller and richer, so this may be a problem unless you have a sound bar. With the bass turned almost wide open on this model, even with TruSurround turned on, it was very mid-range heavy and sounded like it was coming from a tin can. Fortunately, the menu also includes a nice graphic EQ that you can mess with, but all in all the sound is pathetic on this model. We may invest in a sound bar at some point down the road, but it will have to do for now. Please note: This set sadly does NOT include a "Signal Meter" function in the menu, which is very handy for OTA broadcasts. It does, however, include a "Guide" button on the remote which displays the program information, title, content, etc. for the current program while using for OTA broadcasts. The remote is well laid-out, logical, and even has a section for a ROKU stick if you want to watch streaming video, as this TV is "Roku-ready", which is nice. The remote is fairly weak, though, and you need to point it directly at the sensor.
Another negative that I will mention - - the tuner in this set is not as sensitive as my old Panasonic for some OTA stations - - a couple of them break up more often, although I have a steady 75% signal on those particular ones, with 100% on all the others. The oCOSMO instruction manual states that your OTA signal should not fall below 65%, which is a bit odd as I had a few stations that never gave any problems on my Panasonic that were around 50%. I have a very small RCA in the bedroom that does the same exact thing as this oCOSMO, while the Panasonic does not. Just a little frustrating, and while not a deal breaker by any means, I had to deduct a star for this shortcoming. Not a big deal if you don't watch a lot of OTA broadcasts. Obviously there is a bit of weakness in these sets in their power to draw in weaker OTA stations, as compared to the high-dollar TV's out there with more powerful and sensitive tuners.
Bottom line - - this set seems to be of a nice quality, not super fancy, but good for the $$$. It's lightweight and runs fairly cool, which is good, too. It's one of the best bargains in electronics that I've ever made, and that's saying a lot! I come from a background in electronics, with my dad being from the old school of radio & TV repair, and I'm very familiar with all the many brands of electronics and their makers. This particular TV has several "interesting" qualities - - it's remote codes are for SONY - - and it's menu display is the same as RCA. My smaller RCA has an identical menu, so oCOSMO seems to be a major manufacturer of components used by other manufacturers who has decided to make their own brand of TV. I also know that Sceptre is another brand that these folks make, their 39" model being almost identical to this one. Nevertheless, the reliability of these sets is yet to be established, but there's nothing at this point to indicate that they won't be as reliable and long-lasting as the next brand from Asia. Needless to say, I'm very impressed with oCOSMO and hope this TV lasts for a several years. I did purchase the 3-year warranty, just in case. In short, this TV is quite a BARGAIN and we like it. Well done, AMAZON!!
UPDATE: After using this set for almost two months now, it seems to be holding up great. But, I am not as enthusiastic with the picture quality, the limited angle of view is very troublesome, and the overall quality of the picture is a bit lacking, even after much adjustment of the settings in almost every conceivable combination. Additionally, I will stand by my initial critique of the sound quality of this TV - - it's just horrendous. Obviously, most of the excessive mid-range and rattling of the speakers comes from the ultra-thin design, and is common among any TV of this design - - some are even worse, so it is what it is. Another very obvious flaw in the sound that I didn't mention earlier - - when you turn it down to 1 it is still FAR too loud (roughly equal to the 7 setting on my Panasonic) which makes it tough to watch late at night when you don't want to disturb others. I've found if I disable the TruSurround mode it will lower the sound, which helps, but still it's just too loud on it's lowest setting. In desperation, I connected the TV audio outputs to my AV receiver and it helped (of course), but still the quality of the sound is just much too thin and mid-range heavy (seems to be coming from the TV's own amp). Our old smaller Panasonic had superior sound and picture quality overall, and unfortunately I'm forced to take this new oCOSMO TV to the bedroom and bring our old Panasonic back to the living room. The sound quality issues, along with the somewhat narrow viewing angle and lackluster picture just isn't going to allow it's continued use as our main TV. However, you have to remember the price I paid for this thing, which is still remarkable for what we got. I am now considering a new 40" set with a more proven track record, such as a Samsung brand. While the price is somewhat more, the difference in overall quality in picture and sound is not even close, and anyone who honestly can say they are the same is only fooling themselves. This oCOSMO TV is great for the price, a good bedroom or spare TV, but for a main set there are much better options out there - - in this case you get what you pay for, but not much else.